Honored for Safe Driving

Honored for Safe Driving

AAA Award

(From left) Driver’s education instructor Karen Perrone, JerdhDelmond Michel, Chukim Peters and Peter Cesare, director of physical education and athletics.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors JerdhDelmond Michel and Chaukim Peters have been awarded AAA’s Driver Education Award by AAA New York.

The two seniors were selected based on their demonstrated driving skills, knowledge of the rules of the road and a mature attitude and approach to driving. Instituted by AAA in 1936, this award is not only to recognize outstanding high school driver education students, but to also encourage all young drivers to develop skills and attitude that will contribute toward their being safe drivers.

EschoolDataSTEM+Art Honoreschools art

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School art teacher Lorraine Ciccotto (center) with high school junior Elizabeth Pitre (left) and senior Jennifer Sanchez (right) who received honorable mention for their artwork in eSchoolData Art Contest

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School junior Elizabeth Pitre and senior Jennifer Sanchez received Honorable Mention for their artwork submissions in the inaugural eSchoolData STEM + Art Contest.

To enter the contest, applicants were required to submit works of art that focused on a specific theme relative to current educational topics. This year’s theme was STEM + Art, and challenged students to find how art is incorporated into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Under the advisement of art teacher Lorraine Ciccotto, Pitre entered her art piece titled “Half Face” and Sanchez submitted her artwork, “All Connected” into the contest. Students were allowed to submit either a photograph or a scanned image of their drawing.

As Honorable Mention winners, Pitre and Sanchez will each receive $50 from eSchoolsData for their exceptional artwork and recognitions.

Middle School Inducts New NJHS Members

NJHSThirty-nine members of the Copiague Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducted forty-nine new members at their annual candlelighting ceremony.

Forty-nine Copiague Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, celebrating their academic and extracurricular achievements during the annual candle lighting induction ceremony on May 12.
To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative average of at least 90 percent. During the ceremony, members of the NJHS executive board explained the high standards of leadership, service, citizenship character and scholarship candidates must meet to be inducted into the society. Service and leadership are based on the student’s participation in community or school activities; citizenship character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and civic involvement; and scholarship is demonstrated by academic perseverance and accomplishments. The newly inducted members joined the current 39 eighth-grade members of the NJHS.
Along with friends and family present at ceremony, members of the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leunig, Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado and Assistant Principals Michael Ferretti and Stephanie Valeiko, NJHS co-advisors Paul Harvey and Francesca Walker, and middle school science chairperson and special guest speaker Dr. Daniel Leccese congratulated the students for this special achievement.

During his speech, Leccese quoted 1980 USA Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks,“ ‘Great moments are born from great opportunities’- kids keep in mind those opportunities are here in Copiague,” he said. “Keep making your family, community and the whole school very proud of you.”

Students Stop, Look and Listen for Road Safety

Road safety1Third-grade students at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School received a visit from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Stony Brook Trauma Center Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Kristi Ladowski who spoke about road safety during the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.

 To educate students on the importance of road safety, third-graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School in the Copiague School District participated in the third annual United Nations Global Road Safety Week.

The event is part of a worldwide initiative that seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads and generate action to better ensure their safety from May 4-10.In partnership, the Stony Brook Medicine Trauma Center and Safe Kids Suffolk visited the third-graders to address road safety topics. Led by Stony Brook Trauma Center Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Kristi Ladowski and Stony Brook Hospital & Safe Kids Suffolk Coordinator Susan Katz, Copiague students discussed ways to be safe on the road in a car, on a bicycle and walking.

During the presentation, students witnessed a demonstration that addressed the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a bike. Two students were instructed to each drop one egg on the floor. One egg had a small protective helmet while the other was in a plastic bag. Once the eggs dropped to the floor, the class was able to see that the egg with the helmet was unharmed while the other egg broke in pieces.

To support the message and encourage students to be safe on the road, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone attended the presentation and spoke to students about spreading their knowledge of road safety. Following the presentation, a team of Farmingdale College student nurses distributed Global Road Safety paper and assisted third-graders while they drew pictures and road safety messages.

“I am so glad that all of you are participating in safety week with kids from all around the world,” said Ballone. “You are really setting the standard here in Copiague at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School for all of us in Suffolk County.”



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